ABOUT A HAVANESE
Havanese is the national dog of Cuba. The Havanese are affectionate, active, intelligent, happy and trainable, the Havanese breed is ideal for the guardian who wants a small dog that can be content with frequent walks and games of fetch.
If you want a small dog with a relatively easygoing demeanor, the Havanese might be right for you. This breed tends to do quite well with children and other dogs. The friendly and gentle temperament of the Havanese makes this breed suitable for many types of homes, including apartments. They also can be a great dog to have for travel and RV living as they are small and do not bark much.
HEIGHT 8.5-11.5 inches
WEIGHT 7-16 pounds
LIFE EXPECTANCY 14-16 years
When your puppy goes home, they will have had their first set of shots as well as have been de-wormed. They will be ready for the next set of shots between 3—4 weeks. (A shot record will also be sent home with you) So be sure to schedule an appointment with the veterinarian of your choice. Puppies are like newborn babies, they can get sick really easy, so please don’t bring them to dog parks, or around unvaccinated dogs until your vet says its ok to do so in addition don’t put them down in public places or places that are unclean.
A puppy needs to be kept in a safe place while you are away. We recommend a crate, or a play pen. We start positive crate training when they are about 5 weeks old. Make sure the crate or play pen is used during the day, and even at night, and not just when you leave or they will associate it with you being gone, which they might not like.
Our puppies are primarily indoor dogs. That doesn’t mean they don’t love being outdoors, they love to be outdoors to explore, play, and exercise. They love companionship and shouldn’t be left alone for long periods of time. They need play time and walks.
I like to send puppies home right before a weekend, so that they can bond with you and get started on potty training in your home. If you are able to take a few days off from work that is fantastic. A puppy shouldn’t be left in a crate all day. They have small bladders and need to be taken out to use the bathroom. If you are going to be gone for longer than 3-5 hours, then have your puppy in a play pen with a potty pad preferably a reusable one as they tend to think the disposable ones are toy paper.
A puppy learns so much from 8-12 weeks of age. Work with them on obedience multiple times a day for short periods at a time (5 minutes each time). I also really encourage you to look into puppy obedience school. A well-trained puppy will make it much easier and enjoyable for you and your family.
We have cared for your pup for the last 8 weeks. So, going to a new place, and meeting new people they don’t know will be a little scary for them. Expect them to be anxious, or unsure. Lots of love and cuddles will help. The first few nights are going to be the hardest for them. I do recommend using a crate at night, until they get a little older. They are used to having their brothers and sisters and mom to cuddle with while sleeping.
Below are many more helpful tips that will keep your puppy healthy and happy!
It is so exciting to be bringing home your puppy! We hear a lot about how scary it can be too. It’s a new baby in the home. It can be so overwhelming at times. We are here to help make it easier and rewarding for you and your new puppy. Let’s get started!